New Henry McCormack photos

One nice thing about having an account is that with their hints you sometimes can get some very good information. The other day I logged onto my Ancestry account and found that I had several new hints and the following pictures were among them. I wrote to the person to thank them for uploading and sharing them.

The first two pictures I have never seen before. The last one another cousin had previously shared with me.

Henry and Margaret (Iseman) McCormack

Henry and Margaret (Iseman-Naugle) McCormack

That is a very good picture of Henry and Margaret, his second wife. Since Henry died in 1951, I think that this picture was taken sometime in the 1940s.

McCormack House - Ithaca (Front)(B&W)

The Henry McCormack house of Ithaca, MI.

At this time, I don’t know who the two people are on the front porch. It would be helpful to know when this picture was taken.

This is the photo that I already had. 

McCormack House - Ithaca (Side)(B&W)

A side view of the Henry McCormack house in Ithaca, MI.

The people on the lawn are Edith Marie McCormack Bird and her daughter. Given that information, that would make this picture taken in the early 1930s. 

I am very thankful that the person from Ancestry decided to upload and share his photos. If they hadn’t, I would have never seen the first two pictures. 

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Another McCormack postcard!

Early last week, I went onto eBay and I looked around. You can find a lot of family related stuff there. I have found quite a few items related to Otter Lake and my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. Most of the time I search using “Otter Lake”, “Reno”, “Michael McCormack”  or various other McCormack related search terms. So, last week I used (I think) Henry McCormack. When I typed in Henry McCormack, I was wondering what would popup in the search results. Imagine my surprise when the picture below showed up! It is just not a picture, but a POSTCARD!

The Ithaca McCormack General Store

Center Street showing the Henry McCormack Store in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan

And not just any old postcard! A postcard showing the Henry McCormack Department store on Center Street in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan! I never really imagine that someone would make a postcard of this scene. It wasn’t up for bidding. It was being sold outright. So, I made the plunge and spent the ten dollars and bought it.

I really like it because the “signs” hanging in between the windows of the second and third floors. Those signs tells us what Henry was selling at the time. It’s very interesting. I thought it would be interesting to show what the area is like more recently.

Center Street, Ithaca Michigan

Center Street, Ithaca, Michigan in 2016.

As you can see, the first two buildings are still there pretty much in the same shape as they were in 1910. It’s the rest of the street that has changed especially the building in the middle. It has lost its crown. On the facing side of the McCormack building is the stairs. I am sure that it has been rebuilt once or twice since the first picture.

Even though I have only received the postcard on Saturday May 27th, it is already one of my prized Clan McCormack ephemera collection!

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McCormack family important dates for November

Hello! I know that it has been quite a long time since I last posted a story here. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. Even though it is almost the mid of November, I would like to start the month of November off with a post about important dates in the McCormack family.

The McCormack Family Reunion

The McCormack Family Reunion


3 Nov 1917: Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack was born. She was the first daughter and second child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was born in Sparks, Nevada which is a “suburb” of Reno, Nevada.

Betty J McCormack Waltz

Gertrude “Betty” J. McCormack Waltz

4 Nov 1988: Suzanne Mae Smith died. Suzanne was the wife of William D. McCormack. He was the sixth child and fifth son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Suzanne and William had three children, one daughter and two sons. She died in Eugene, Oregon.

14 Nov 1861: Arthur A. McCormack was born. I hope you have had a chance to read the post, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” I wrote about Arthur recently. He was the only “bad boy” of the McCormack family that I know of. He was also the executor of his brother, Frank J. McCormack’s estate.

Arthur McCormack

Arthur McCormack at the family reunion in Otter Lake, Michigan.

15 Nov 1860: Patrick J. McCormack died. Actually, I don’t know for sure if Patrick was his first name. The way his name appeared on the 1861 Canada census it looked like to me that it was PJ.Since Michael’s father was named Patrick and at the time, I had just lost a (newly found) cousin by the name Patrick J., I decided to name him Patrick J. McCormack. Unfortunately in his short life, his entry on the 1861 Canadian census was his only notable achievement.

16 Nov 1951: Henry McCormack died. Henry was Michael and Catherine’s seventh child and sixth son. He was a leading member of the Ithaca business community. Here are some blog posts about Henry; “Pictures of Henry McCormack and family”, “Sunday’s Obituary – Henry McCormack”, Wordless Wednesday – Three Generations of the Henry McCormack family”.

Henry McCormack

a young Henry McCormack

21 Nov 1912: Michael McCormack died. The patriarch of the McCormack clan. Here is a post to get your appetite wetted!

Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack

21 Nov 1856: Edward James McCormack was born. Like the rest of his brothers, save for his older brother William, he was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Edward was the third child and second son. I believe sometime in the early 1880s, Edward and Michael came up with the idea of moving up to the northern Lower Michigan to farm.

24 Nov 1885: Grace Ellen McCormack was born. Grace was the only child of William E. McCormack and Lura Grace Roys (she was William’s first wife).

Grace McCormack

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

26 Nov 1870: Katherine Fidelia McCormack was born. Katherine is one of my favorite McCormack relatives. Perhaps the first reason is that she and I share the same birthday of November 26th. She is also the only female child of Michael and Catherine that I have a picture of.

Aunt Katherine

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

26 Nov 1986: Raymond Louis Tougeron died. Ray was the husband of Ethel Rebecca McCormack. She was the second daughter and seventh child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She and Ray would have one daughter and three sons.


Raymond L. Tougeron, Sr.

29 Nov 1883: William McCormack married Lura Grace Roys. Lura was William’s (my great-grandfather) first wife. They were married in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Lura was from Ypsilanti. They had one daughter, Grace Ellen McCormack before the unfortunate death of Lura.

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. I also would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.

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P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

Michael and his sons

This is a montage that I made up a few years ago. The pictures on the top row are from left to right: Michael McCormack, William McCormack, John Michael McCormack, Arthur McCormack and Henry McCormack.

The McCormack Men Poster

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May Dates for the McCormack Clan!

I apologize for being SO very late on this. Remembering these people and what they did and happened to them is very important. I got to meet one of these people, Violet Ingleright. I met her in the early 1990s in Niles, Michigan. She was very nice and an interesting lady.


9 May 1971 – Grace Ellen McCormack died. Grace was the daughter of William and Lavina McCormack of Otter Lake, Michigan.
9 May 1949 – Patrick J. McCormack was born. Patrick was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
10 May 1901 – Violet Ingleright was born. Violet was the only daughter of Katherine McCormack and Leon R. Ingleright I. Violet was a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Music.
11 May 1916 – Henry Davis McCormack was born. Henry, or “HD” as I call him, he was the eldest grandson of John Michael McCormack.
12 May 1916 – Cora Ann McCormack died. Cora was married to Frank J. McCormack. He was the
14 May 1890 – Henry McCormack married Minne Myrtle VanWormer. Henry was a prominent businessman in both Ypsilanti and Ithaca, Michigan. He was the son of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack.
14 May 1994 – Daniel Asprin died. Daniel was married to Margaret Lorraine Coon. Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Michael and Catherine McCormack.
18 May 1920 – Jimmie D. Keen was born. Jimmie was married to James Archer McCormack, the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
22 May 2008 – Robert Lynn Asprin died. Robert was the grandson of Grace Ellen McCormack. He was also a famous science fiction writer. He was the author of the Myth Adventures and Phule’s Company series. He was very active in the beginning of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
23 May 1966 – Hiram J. Stevens died. Hiram was married to Mae Ethel McCormack, the oldest daughter of Edward J. McCormack and Elizabeth J. Rohr.
24 May 1947 – Michael Alan McCormack was born. Michael was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
26 May 1951 – William David McCormack was born. William was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
26 May 1897 – Lura Maude McCormack was born. She was the daughter of Edward McCormack and Elizabeth J. Rohr.
26 May 1918 – Robert Henry Addy married Addie C. Snyder. Robert was the youngest child of Delilah Elizabeth McCormack and Smith Addy.
26 May 1924 – Lura Maude McCormack married Dudley B. Palmer.
30 May 1986 – Alta McCormack Ford died. She was my grandmother and daughter of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack.
30 May 1931 – Nella Mae McCormack was born. Nell was the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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Family Treasures: Another “Before & After” picture – Lucille and Edith Marie McCormack as young girls

I would like to share another photo that I got from my cousin Lance. This is a photo that I digitally “fixed” in Photoshop. the young girls in the photo are Lucille Mae and Edith Marie McCormack, daughters of (Thomas) Henry McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine McCormack. When I got the pictures from Lance, the “working” title was Edith Marie and Lucille about 1906. Here is the before picture;

Lucille & Edith Marie McCormack (Old)

As you can see that there is obvious physical damage and discoloration to the picture. Just a short primer on what I did; I use multiple layers such as Exposure (2), Curves and Black & White. For tools, I used the Spot Healing Brush, the Clone Stamp among many others routine PS tools.

Here is the “finished” product (I have some finer detail work to do but generally, this picture is “finished”);

Lucille & Edith Marie McCormack about 1906

In my personal opinion, this is a much improved picture of the McCormack girls. As I said earlier, the initial working title was Edith Marie and Lucille about 1906I changed the title to reflect the order of the girls in the picture. My new title is Lucille and Edith Marie McCormack about 1906. I talked to my cousin Lance about the order and the date. Lucille, on the left, was born in 1896 and Edith Marie was born in 1899. If the date of 1906 was correct, both girls would have to look a bit older than the title suggests. I think we both agreed that the picture was taken probably about 1903-5. I’m thinking maybe about 1904.

I have more pictures that I got from Lance and I hope over the coming year that I can share them with you. I think pictures like this one and others that I got from my cousin Lance deserve to be share and celebrated. Thanks again to Lance for sharing this one and the other pictures with me and with you too!

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1. picture of Lucille McCormack and Fred Crozier, , 2014, privately held by Lance Andrewsen, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Salt Lake City, Utah, 2014